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October 21, 2015
Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic; Muscat) has selected the preferred bidders for its previously announced Liwa plastics complex. The companies are a subsidiary...
October 21, 2015
Yara International (Oslo) on Wednesday reported a large increase in third-quarter profits and revenue, mainly driven by the stronger US dollar and higher sales volumes as a result of...
October 20, 2015
Metals and mining company Vale (Rio de Janeiro) says that its potash production decreased 11% in the third quarter of 2015 compared with the corresponding period of last year, to...
October 20, 2015
Encanto Potash (Vancouver, BC) says it t has entered into a memorandum of understanding with India's state-owned Metals and Minerals Trading Corp. (MMTC, New Delhi) for the possible...
October 20, 2015
Sinopec is in discussions to acquire a controlling stake in Taiwan's Xianglu Group's Dragon Aromatics, a producer of para-xylene (p-xylene) and benzene. The talks are at an advanced...
October 20, 2015
Russia is planning two export-oriented methanol plants at the Port of Ust-Luga, near Saint Petersburg, mainly targeting the European markets. The investors have already secured land...
October 21, 2015
Badlands NGLs (Denver) says it has licensed Univation Technologies’ Unipol polyethylene (PE) process for four 600,000-m.t./year production lines, two at a site in North Dakota and two at an unnamed US site. The facilities will produce both linear low-density PE and high-density PE....
October 19, 2015
Oxea (Dallas) is increasing off-list prices for n-propanol and n-propyl acetate on 1 November. Prices for both products will increase 5 cts/lb in North America and $110/m.t. in South and Central America, as well as Asia, Africa, and the Middle East....
October 19, 2015
Shell confirmed Monday that it has lifted the force majeure it declared last week on base chemicals produced at its Pulau Bukom, Singapore, steam cracker complex. Shell has been in...
October 19, 2015
South Korea's benzene export volumes have consistently been high during 2015, however levels dropped throughout July, August, and September. Recent data obtained by IHS Chemical show...
October 19, 2015
Versalis (Milan), the chemicals subsidiary of ENI (Rome), has achieved a major turnaround since its creation some three years ago. The restructuring includes reducing petrochemicals...
October 16, 2015
US October propylene contracts settled higher on Friday at an increase of 0.50 cents per pound, as spot prices have inched higher on the back of fundamentals. The October polymer grade (PG) grade contract settled at 30.50 cents per pound, while the chemical grade (CG) contract settled at 29.00 cents per pound....
October 16, 2015

Celanese says it will increase the price of vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) and ethyl acetate globally on 1 November. VAM prices will increase 3 cts/lb in North America, $60/m.t. in Central and South America, €50/m.t. in Europe and the Middle East, and $50/m.t. in Asia outside China. Ethyl acetate prices will increase 5 cts/lb in North America and $200/m.t. in Central and South America.


October 15, 2015
A fire broke out at Braskem's site at Santo Andre, Brazil at 16.30 local time on 14 October causing the site to be shut down, the company has announced. The incident occurred at one of...
October 15, 2015
Uralchem (Moscow), a major producer of nitrogen fertilizers, which owns 20% in Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the leading global producers of potash, has no plans to merge with...
October 15, 2015
Lotte Chemical (Seoul) has completed construction of the Surgil petrochemical complex in  Uzbekistan and said it is seeking to expand its petchems business. Speaking at a...
October 15, 2015
Dow has asked local authorities to provide a 10-year tax abatement for a $1 billion ethylene glycol (EG) plant that the company would build at its Freeport, TX, facility for MEGlobal, its EG joint venture with Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait....
October 16, 2015
Sojitz (Tokyo) said on Wednesday that it has agreed with NPCP Holdings, a state-owned oil company in Papua New Guinea, to establish a joint venture, which will develop a methanol...
October 14, 2015
Total and its partner Saudi Aramco are interested in expanding their Saudi Aramco Total Refining & Petrochemical (Satorp) joint venture at Al Jubail. “Total remains...
October 14, 2015
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio have announced a three-year agreement, the Tri-State Regional Cooperation Agreement, under which they will work together on a regional strategy for developing shale resources in the Appalachian Basin....
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